No Evidence of Breast Cancer – The Words All Women Would Love to Hear.

Last week, I finally had my appointment with Breast Screen, Aotearoa. First appointment of the day after dropping kids at school therefore had very little time to really worry or think about it that morning until I was on my way there.Yem Braid Red Top

At first, I was a bit unsure about starting the week this way but have to say it was much easier to go and get it over with. I’ve met many many women (and men) who have been diagnosed with cancer with the service I provide at Hairplus so I know there is absolutely no logic in who gets or doesn’t get cancer (including Breast Cancer).

Before going in I sat in the car and prayed. Yes prayed that the test will go well, that the result will ultimately be negative and for those whose lives have changed just from having a mammogram. Few minutes later, I was walking in with complete faith that everything will be OK.

BreastScreen AotearoaThe reception was welcoming, the lady behind the counter was lovely and soon my shoulders were less tense, my heart rate had slowed down to a normal pace and I was smiling again.

Forms completed, release form signed, and another 5 minutes later, I was ushered away to change into a freshly laundered gown then meet the radiologist in the room opposite.

Like everyone I’ve met or worked with associated with this disease, the Radiologist (I’ll call her Tracy) was kind and friendly, she explained the process and I trusted her to do what she had to do. It wasn’t painful or unpleasant but definitely not something I wish to do everyday.

In less than 30 minutes, the whole process was over, I was told how long I’d have to wait for the result and even picked up a bag on my way out.

One week later, again on a Monday morning, I opened my mail and there was a letter with not details on the envelope but addressed to me. The first words I read were in bold capital letters – NO EVIDENCE OF BREAST CANCER. What a way to start the day, the week, a new month! Yay!

I’ve now read the rest of the letter. I know Mammography can still miss cancers and I know how important to have regular checks. For now, I celebrate being clear. I empathise with those who are battling or who have lost loved ones to cancer. I thank all the people behind the research, treatment and support for cancer. I encourage all women to take that step and get checked. I did it for myself, my children, family and friends. No one wants to lose a loved one to this disease.

Hairplus is a complete mobile and online service based in Auckland. We offer a fantastic range of solutions and products that tackle not just people who are experiencing hair loss, but caring for the future of your hair and the hair of your family. Contact us today to find out more at info@hairplus.co.nz

To find out about more about mammograms or would like help support or advice about Breast Cancer, contact New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation or phone the specialist breast care nurse for advice on 0800BCNurse.

 

 

Not All Curls Are Created Equal

dreamstimefree_226566 curly hairThe first step to achieving the best from your curls is understanding your curl type. If a product works for one person, it doesn’t mean that the same will work for your hair. Our curls are not the same so why should we treat them the same way.

There are four different categories of hair types identified by Andre Walker – Emmy Award winner and personal stylist to Oprah Winfrey. Straight, Wavy, Curly, Kinky and all at different levels from a to c. Once you know your hair type, it’s easier to find out what type of products will work best for your hair. This will be a guide only as you also need to consider what condition your hair is.

Hairplus offers a range of hair products suitable for curly hair and tools to create curls easily for those with straight hair. Shop online at www.hairplus.co.nz to find out more.

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So what is your hair type?  

Straight

  • Hangs loose and free.
  • Sleek.
  • Shiny (reflects light easily).
  • Hard to damage.
  • Very hard to curl
  • Easily becomes oily •

Wavy 

  • It lies between straight and curly hair.
  • There are three sub categories: 2a, 2b, and 2c. They all form different “S” shaped curves or curls.
  • 2a is thinner than other two forms; as a matter of fact, 2A hair is fine. Strands have just a hint of a bend in them. S-waves are loose and stretched out throughout the hair. This type can easily be styled straight or curly.
  • 2b is a little thicker, with S-waves being shorter, more distinct.
  • 2c is thick and coarse, with very distinct S-waves.
  • Both 2b and 2c are more resistant to styling.
  • Wavy hair is more susceptible to frizz.
  • Has little bounce.
  • It has more shine than curly hair, but less than straight.

Curly  

  • It has a much tighter curl pattern. It is categorized in 3a, 3b and 3c.
  • All three subcategories form a definite “S”. The only difference is in the size of the curl.
  • 3A hair type has a looser curl pattern – spiral curls.
  • 3B hair has a tighter curl pattern – ringlets.
  • 3C hair has a very tight curly look – corkscrews.
  • Wavy hair has a lot of body.
  • Can be styled in different styles.
  • Does not have lots of sheen.
  • Prone to damage.
  • Easily frizzes in the humid climate. •

Kinky

  • Most African-American women have this hair type.
  • It has extremely defined curls which are tightly coiled. There are also three varieties: 4a, 4b and 4c.
  • 4a has a tightly coiled “S” pattern to it.
  • 4B/C is more wiry with a zig-zag pattern.
  • Kinky hair is driest of all types.
  • It is most fragile of all other types.
  • Has very little elasticity.
  • It breaks very easily.

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